Having spent my childhood on the hunting field, in the pony club and competing BSJA a progression to working with racehorses came very naturally. After a successful spell training Point-to-pointers and Hunterchaser I am thrilled to be progressing with my NH licence. We aim to get the best out of each individual horse that comes into the yard.
We all know how true the saying ‘ No Foot, No Horse’ is so having a farrier like Elliot Hook as part of the team is so important. He shows great patience with the youngsters and is fantastic at remedial work on any foot problems that crop up.
Sarah Simpson from Hawick Vets plays a big part in the team at Millhaugh. It is so important to have a vet who’s judgement I can trust and also who cares for the horses well being as much as I do. Not only this but Sarah spends a lot of her time working with racehorses so is very good at specialising in racing injuries and getting them back on the track. She also has an amazing team at the practice who are brilliant when Sarah is not available.
Hayley is in her fourth season with us and is both head lass and a work rider. Having come up through The Pony Club and BSJA, she also enjoys schooling and working with the youngsters. Her favourite is Herecomesnelson, he is a cheeky chap who takes a fair bit of riding but him and Hayley have struck up an all important bond.
Olivia started coming about the yard when her dad done the joinery work on our house and some stables, he then took a share in a horse. Olivia has since started helping out on Saturday mornings and is a great asset to the yard. Olivia attends Jed Grammar School and also rides at Pat Spence’s.
Tabitha joined us last season answer is my saviour on a Sunday morning. She is 16 years old and successfully competes British Showjumping on her own pony alongside school. Even though we do not exercise much on a Sunday it is a massive job ensuring all the horses are turned out and the yard is kept straight ready to resume normal service on Monday morning.
Abby is going to be working with us for the 2017/18 season alongside studying at college. She competed on the pony racing circuit for the last few seasons and then this season just passed had a few rides in point-to-points.
Its always important to have family on side whenever you are starting a big adventure in life and my mum Sylvia helps around the yard, with riding out and lorry driving to!! Having years of experience with point-to-pointers gives her the know how to be a great help to me. She also keeps her own thoroughbred Slippers with whom she enjoys the local common ridings.
My dad Murray is a big help with lorry driving, DIY around the yard and helping with his opinion on all things horsey and business related. In the past he has spent a fair bit of time taking horses to the races for other trainers so is very clued up on race day procedures when I need help. Since the installation of our sand circle Murray has also turned into head gallop man and is a dab hand with the harrow!